To date or not to date?

March 31st, 2008

Via Gawker, I read an interesting article in the Sunday New York Times about those books which can turn you off a prospective partner.

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A note about query letters

March 28th, 2008

The term “fiction novel” ought never to appear in them if you want to be taken seriously as a writer. Ever.

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Ask Daphne! About websites

March 28th, 2008

J.A. writes, “I’ve noticed that writers who are published with HarperCollins don’t seem to have their own websites. All they have is an official HarperCollins page. Is this a contractual requirement? If my book ends up at Harpercollins, will I have to shut down my writer website?”

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Judging a book by its cover

March 26th, 2008

I’m all about different editions of a book showcasing different looks — I have, after all, over a dozen different copies of the Princess Bride — most of which are differently-styled English language editions. But I thought this article was a fantastic explanation both of why certain covers exist, and why they eventually change.

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So that good news?

March 26th, 2008

The exciting stuff I mentioned yesterday? Maureen Johnson’s GIRL AT SEA is one of four finalists for the RWA RITA Awards in the category of young adult fiction.

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